Character Analysis the Chrysanthemums

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Amanda Garcia Mrs. Christopher Engl. 1302 April 15, 2013 Paper 1 Character Analysis “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck John Steinbeck was born in 1902 and lived during what is said to be the most troubled time in American history. Steinbeck was alive during the Dust Bowl paired with the Great Depression, which is believed to be the reason for his almost melancholiac tone in some of his works but he seemed a very diverse writer. Along with “The Chrysanthemums”, Steinbeck is the author of the well-known and famous novel turned movie The Grapes of Wrath, where he used a “documentary style”, says Cliff Lewis in his online article he named after Steinbeck. Moreover in his article, Lewis expresses some of the lingering secrets and…show more content…
This con-artist is a master manipulator who took what he could and never intended on taking a second glance at this poor, unsuspecting, desperate housewife. The passion that the peddler had for making money is equal to that of Elisa’s intensity for her flowers, and for a point, this man, the mysteriously dangerous, tornado of a man, the begging pot repairman. Finally, the main attraction, Mrs. Elisa Allen, the thirty-five year old woman who seemed as if she was a lot stronger than she truly was. Really she was denying the fact that she was longing for attention, a passionate woman, who might have not been meant for the life she feels so trapped in. She channeled her aggression and love to her beautiful, carefully taken care of garden of chrysanthemums and sadly, for a moment the man who took advantage of her vulnerability. Elisa, being childless, grew and nurtured the flowers as a part of her, becoming one with the earth beneath her fingertips and creating life. An example of her expressing her careful meticulous planting system is a glimpse of the passion she had for her “work”. The point where the salesperson begins working his magic on her she nearly swoons, when speaking of her beloved precious chrysanthemums, “Oh beautiful.” her eyes shone” (5). Not only does she show passion for her plants, the reader begins to feel the energy be concentrated completely to the repairman. This woman almost gets fully
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